2020 Pinnacle Awards

In a Year of Uncertainty, Natural Stone Still Stands Strong

2020 wreaked havoc with plenty of annual traditions, but one of the industry’s gems – the Pinnacle Awards – kept pace despite the pandemic.

The Natural Stone Institute’s honoring of the top work in natural stone continued through the year of COVID-19, albeit with a few alterations. What hasn’t changed, however, is the quality and craft of the winning entries.

The Pinnacle Awards are given to projects whose beauty, creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential applications.

The competition is open to all institute members and the design community, and project teams must include at least one institute member.

A jury of industry professionals and design-community members reviewed each project based on excellence in implementation of design; quality craftsmanship; innovative solutions to unique challenges; and control of stone material, tone, and character quality.

Award sponsors are GranQuartz (residential), MAPEI (commercial), and Coldspring (Renovation/Restoration).

The Grande Pinnacle Award, saluting the best work among the winners, will be announced at The International Surface Event (TISE) in June in Las Vegas. The Grande Pinnacle is sponsored by Marmomacc.

Entries for the 2021 Pinnacle Awards competition are being accepted until July 20. To learn more, go to https://www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/programs/awards/pinnacle-awards/

The judging panel for the 2020 Pinnacle Awards: Robert Golde, FASLA, Towers|Golde; Renae Kwon, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates; Suzanne Musho, New York Institute of Technology; David Castellucci, Natural Stone Consulting Group; Chuck Muehlbauer, Natural Stone Institute.

Architectural Carving / Lettering / Sculpture

The REACH Donor Wall

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington

Rugo Stone Lorton, Va.

Architect Bruce Mau Design

Stone Fabricator Euromarble srl (Institute member)

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Nike of Samothrace

Samothrace Island Greece

F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles-Granites Drama, Greece